SGA budget may not allow free Scantrons for students any more

J. Fred Fox | reporter

If students like getting Scantrons from Student Government Association for free, they may want to let their senators know.
It was announced at their meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27, that SGA has gone over its budget for Scantrons for the year. Budgeting about $1,400 to purchase Scantrons, SGA has already spent $2,000 to keep up with rising demand. Some senators suggested dropping the service. Other senators suggested limiting the number of Scantrons that are given out by week.
Lara Ismert, SGA president, said that Scantrons have been SGA’s signature program, but that they can have other signature programs going forward.
SGA first considered student fee recommendations from Student Recreation Center (SRC) and Bryant Student Health Center. The SRC is asking for a $2 increase to pay for an aquatics graduate assistant and for new surveillance cameras.
“Many of the current surveillance cameras are low quality analog cameras, we’d be better able to identify facial features with digital cameras,” said Vince Daino, director of campus recreation. “PSU ranks six out of the six regents schools in Kansas for safe campus, mostly due to theft. The rec center is a major part of that.”
Daino says there is an opportunity to use the aquatics graduate assistant to expand hours of operation, lifeguard training and supervising, add more water intramurals and organize summer swim lessons for the community.
The Health Center’s request for a $3 increase to move toward hiring a full-time physician was the second fee council resolution of the night.
Alyssa Marsh, SGA community affairs director, presented initial sketches for a Baby GUS from three potential costume-making companies. She is still planning on coordinating with the Athletics Department as she continues the decision process.
The Elections Board will be in the Oval Monday, March 4, and Tuesday, March 5, promoting SGA and local city elections that are coming up.
Sydney Ward, SGA vice president, is setting up a town hall meeting/open forum of both SGA and city commissioner candidates scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28.
The Higher Learning Commission will be on campus March 4 and March 5 assessing the school for accreditation. The commission members will be talking to students around campus, asking questions and getting a feel for what it’s like being a Gorilla.
SGA is considering implementing a mobile application to promote its events. Since it could cost close to $100 per month, SGA wants to partner with an organization like Student Activities Council to get the most out of the expense.
Tyler Edwards, SGA campus affairs director, says he wants senators to start coming up with questions for the presidential Q&A with university President Steve Scott. Students who have questions are also invited to attend on March 27.

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